Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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Public Meetings OC Transpo seeking feedback on Para Transpo eligibility policies and booking processes

OC Transpo is currently reviewing its policies for both Para Transpo customer eligibility and booking processes.

Public consultations will take place on September 17, 22, 30 and October 6 at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. There are a total of 16 sessions, four per day, with a registration limit of 20 people per session. Para Transpo customers, caregivers, community agencies, hospital representatives, long-term care facilities and the general public are invited to register.

Session details are as follows:

Thursday, September 17
Registration deadline: September 11
Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

  • Eligibility – 10:30 a.m. to noon.
  • Booking – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Booking – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22
Registration deadline: September 17
Location: Festival Boardroom, first floor

  • Booking – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Eligibility – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Booking – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30
Registration deadline: September 24
Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

  • Eligibility – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Booking – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Booking – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6
Registration deadline: September 30
Location: Colonel By Room, second floor

  • Booking – 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Eligibility – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Booking – 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Eligibility – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

To register for one of these sessions, please visit octranspo.com, call 613-842-3636 ext. 2652, email consultations@ottawa.ca or fax 613-244-4329.

Customers and stakeholders who are unavailable to attend a session, but still want to contribute, are invited to provide feedback between August 24 and October 9 by filling out a questionnaire available:

  • On Para Transpo mini buses and accessible taxis
  • Online at octranspo.com
  • By email at consultations@ottawa.ca
  • By phone at 613-842-3636 ext. 2652 (TTY: 613-244-4833)
  • By fax at 613-244-4329

The questions posed in the questionnaire will be identical to those posed at the consultation sessions.

OC Transpo is committed to reviewing and updating its policies, processes and services to ensure they are meeting the needs of customers.

For more information on the Para Transpo stakeholder consultations, visit octranspo.com.


Meetings at City Hall Aug 24 – 28

Planning Committee – Tuesday, August 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1423 and 1449 Earl Armstrong Road and 4509 and 4515 Limebank Road
  • Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland Policy Amendments
  • Designation of the Lipsett House, 37 Oriole Drive, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Updates to the City of Ottawa Heritage Register
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 895 Eagleson Road and Part of 2 Emerald Meadows Drive
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 3323, 3341 and 3433 Navan Road and 6360 Renaud Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Parts of 90 Woodridge Crescent and Part of 100 Bayshore Drive
  • Comprehensive Zoning By-Law 2008-250: Anomaly Amendments Q3 2015
  • Front-Ending Agreement for the Tenth Line Pumping Station Sanitary Overflow
  • Application to Alter the City Works Building, 7 Bayview Road, a Property Protected Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Designation of Champlain Oil Gas Station, 70 Richmond Road, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Alter 122 Daly Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Sandy Hill West Heritage Conservation District (Withdrawn)
  • Application to Alter the Transportation Building, 10 Rideau Street, a Property Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment – 11 Colonel By Drive

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, August 26, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from September 15 to October 15. Early-bird registration is now available.

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  • Go to the link on Ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before September 15 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by October 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

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Meetings at City Hall August 17 – 21

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Community and Protective Services Committee –Thursday, August 20, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Crime Prevention Ottawa Annual Action Report
  • Commemorative Naming – Brian Parsons Park
  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending August 13, 2015
  • Community Garden Update
  • Strategic Initiative No. 38 – Ten Year Housing and Homelessness Plan
  • Partnership Program for Major Festivals, Fairs and Special Events Revisions


Youth Opportunities Fund Register by Sept 9th

Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity-building support to local groups who work with young people who face multiple barriers. If you are an interested group, review the YOF Program Guidelines and then register your group online (if not previously registered).  You must register by 5 pm Wed. Sept 9th to be eligible and submit an Expression of Interest by 5 pm Wed. Sept. 23rd for 2015 – 2016 grants.

Click here for more info.


BAT WATCH

BAT WATCH is an organization working to conserve bat species.  Bats are threatened with a disease, White-Nose Syndrome.  Bats play a crucial ecological role by eating night-flying insects (like mosquitoes). Visit the Neighbourhood Batwatch website (www.batwatch.ca) to report a colony. For more information, go to www.batwatch.ca or email batwatch@outlook.com.


August 12 Beavertails Kanata Grand Opening

What: Grant and Pam Hooker, founders of BeaverTails®, will unveil the company’s most modern, moveable BeaverTails store at its year-round location at Kanata’s Tanger Outlet Center. Mayor Jim Watson and Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a 103-helium balloon salute to the new operation. The Kanata location will be the 103rd world-wide.

Where: Just north of highway 417 inside the Palladium Drive parking entrance to the Tanger Outlet Center, Kanata

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Time: Ribbon-cutting ceremony and balloon salute beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Meetings at City Hall Aug 10 – 14

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, August 13, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status update – Built Heritage Sub-Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending July 31, 2015
  • Application to alter 122 Daly Avenue, a property designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the Sandy Hill West Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Champlain Oil Company Service Station, 70 Richmond Road, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Designation of the Lipsett House, 37 Oriole Drive, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Updates to the City of Ottawa Heritage Register
  • Application to alter the City Works Building, 7 Bayview Road, a property protected under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to alter the Transportation Building, 10 Rideau Street, a property designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act


Wild Parsnip

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Wild parsnip’s yellow flower

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin. The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidentally get burned.

You can find more information including how to identify wild parsnip, how to avoid wild parsnip, and how to report wild parsnip on City property on the City website <click here>. Residents can also contact the Ottawa Public Health Information Line (613-580-6744) for more information about the health impacts of wild parsnip.

Update on the City of Ottawa 2015 Wild Parsnip Strategy:

The City of Ottawa proactively started tracking wild parsnip along roadways in 2014 before the weed was declared noxious.   In January of 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMFRA) declared wild parsnip a noxious weed, which prompted the Public Works Department to develop a strategy to control its spread. The 2015 Wild Parsnip Strategy was developed as a pilot project based on the data gathered since 2014 with the goal of testing the effectiveness of both herbicide application and mowing.

The pilot involved herbicide applications to over 260 km of roadsides and several select areas of park land. The pilot herbicide application is complete and locations with targeted mowing are ongoing. At this time the information gathered from OMFRA as well as the City’s contracted agronomist have confirmed that herbicide application is more effective in the spring and in the fall on juvenile plants. Additional roadside cutting is currently underway and additional herbicide application will be considered for the fall.

warning parsnipBased on early results of our 2015 Wild Parsnip Strategy, it appears that any area that is regularly maintained, such as parkland, has little wild parsnip.  Along pathways, because staff cut on either sides of the trail, anyone who goes beyond the areas maintained would be doing so at their own risk.  This would also apply to small or passive pathways that we do not officially maintain. Having said that, the City is  taking action whenever they find locations close to public use that are highly infested.  For the remainder of the summer, the City is posting signage or increasing cutting if possible. (I am in contact with the City on the RRCK trails, and the Hydro Corridor).

Wild parsnip, for the most part, will begin to dry up in August; the sap from the plant contains the chemical, so if residents do not break the plant there is less chance to potentially get a reaction.  The best method is to avoid the plant.

At this point, the plant will begin dropping seeds, a stage at which enhanced mowing can work against the strategy to control the plant as there is a risk of spreading the seed.

Due to the reduced effectiveness of increased cutting at this point in the plants maturity and to minimize the spread of wild parsnip seeds, only regular mowing in parks and along roadsides will continue for the remainder of the season.

Communications

The City is working with Public Health to develop a flyer that will be given out to residents at community fairs and events to help them identify wild parsnip.  Information will also be shared electronically with school aged children and their parents when school resumes this fall. Corporate Communications also issues messages frequently via Social Media to identify and stay away from the weed.

Awareness Postcard

In addition to the installation of caution signs, the Public Works Department has also developed an awareness post card that will be distributed at public events such as fall fairs. The awareness postcard will also be distributed to City partners such as School Boards, Ottawa Public Health and staff. A copy can be downloaded here: Wild Parsnip Postcard – Carte postale sur le panais sauvage


September 24 Public Open House Innovation Park and Ride

This will be the final public meeting. The purpose of the public information session is to display the preliminary design drawings boards. Residents are encouraged to view the drawings and provide feedback and comments with respect to the design.

From City Website: Innovation park and ride
Thursday, September 24, 2015 7 to 9 pm
Richcraft Recreation Complex – Minto Room
4101 Innovation Drive, Ottawa

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a Public Information Session to discuss a construction project planned in your neighbourhood.

Why: The City will be designing and constructing a new Park and Ride facility at Innovation Drive/Terry Fox Drive. This new facility is included in both the Transportation Master Plan  and the Official Plan.

What: Construction of Phase 1 of the Innovation Park and Ride, including: new intersections on Terry Fox Drive, Innovation Drive and Goulbourn Forced Road to access the facility; and a transit station, parking lot and access roads within the facility.

When: Construction of Phase 1 of the Park and Ride is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2016, although the City will be clearing the site of trees during the fall of 2015.

Where: The site is bordered by Terry Fox Drive, Innovation Drive, Goulbourn Forced Road and the Monk Environmental Park.

Key Plan map showing projects limits.

At the Public Meeting you will be able to review the preliminary plans for the entire project. Representatives from the City, the design consultant and the Ward Councillor, Marianne Wilkinson, will be available to discuss the project and to answer your questions.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Danny Palermo, P.Eng.
Project Manager,
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent
Ottawa, ON  K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 25568
Fax: 613-580-2587

Jack Lay, P.Eng.
Project Manager
Stantec Consulting
1331 Clyde Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K2C 3G4
Tel:  613-724-4373
Fax: 613-722-2799

Comments shall be accepted until Thursday, October 1, 2015.


Explore local history and culture during Archaeology Month

Ottawa is gearing up for Archaeology Month, which takes place throughout August. This is your opportunity to learn more about the region and the history that’s been unearthed over the years.

A treat for archaeology enthusiasts of all ages, the City will celebrate by hosting the following activities at City Hall and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site:

Archaeology Exhibition

July 31 to August 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Hall (Jean Pigott Place), 110 Laurier Avenue West
Free admission

Learn about pre-contact and historical archaeology related to Ottawa and the surrounding areas. This exhibit is produced by the City in partnership with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation (Omamawininni Pimadjwowin – The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre) and the Cultural Education Centre at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation.

Sifting Through History

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, 270 Pinhey’s Point Road, Dunrobin
Free admission

Spend time exploring the history, natural heritage, and eco-systems of Pinhey’s Point. Children can take part in hands-on activities to uncover new archaeological secrets under the direction of an archaeologist.

The City of Ottawa has also contributed to the following Archaeology Month activities:

  • Colonel By Day celebrations: Monday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Château Laurier. Free admission.
  • Archaeological Tour of LeBreton Flats: Sunday, August 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. Start at 1 Vimy Place at 2 p.m. Cost: $5 for members of Heritage Ottawa; $10 for non-members.
  • Unearthing the Diefenbunker – tours: August 6, 13, 20, 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3911 Carp Road. Adults $14, seniors $13, students $10, youth (6-18) $8, children 5 and under are free. Prices do not include HST.
  • Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Centre – exhibit: August 1 to 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 54 Makwa Mikan, Maniwaki, Quebec. Cost: $8 per person.
  • The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre – exhibit: August 1 to 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1674 Mishomis Inamo, Pikwàkanagàn, Ontario. Admission by donation.

Visit ottawa.ca for more details about Archaeology Month activities.


Meetings at City Hall July 27 – July 31

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, July 27, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Ottawa Police Service Plan for Participation in Provincial Street Check Review
  • Contract with Federal Force Protection Agency to Provide Security Screening Personnel at Ottawa Courthouse
  • Attendance at Ontario Association of Police Services Boards’ Labour Seminar
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance: Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting and Resolutions
  • Ottawa Police Service Annual Report : “2014 : A Year in Review”
  • Financial Status Report: Second Quarter 2015
  • Performance Report: Second Quarter 2015
  • Workforce Management Report: Second Quarter 2015
  • Complaints Report, Part V – Police Services Act: Second Quarter 2015
  • Legal Services Report: Second Quarter 2015
  • Board Monitoring Requirements Status Report: Second Quarter 2015
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions: July 2015
  • Letters of Commendation


Get ready to register for fall and winter recreation programs

The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs for fall and winter programs are now online at ottawa.ca. Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

  • Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10 at 9 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11 during regular business hours.
  • Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12 at 9 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13 during regular business hours.

To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.


Expo 55 Friday Sept 18 Seniors Expo

This annual event, being held this year on Friday, September 18th, brings together a broad range of information on services for older adults in our city.  Join us between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. at the Mlacak and Kanata Seniors Centre to chat with representatives of many different public and not-for-profit organizations that provide health and social services for seniors.  Expo 55+ always draws a good crowd, so it’s also a sociable afternoon.  Refreshments will be served, and some lucky individuals will win door prizes!


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9th Annual Kanata North Picnic!

Come and enjoy a free BBQ, cotton candy and snow cones while supplies last, children’s play zone (with bouncies, face painting, adventure zone and petting zoo), entertainment stage including new acts, community information booths, fire trucks and police vehicles to visit and more! Please bring a donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard.

When: Wednesday, July 15 2015
Time: 4 – 8 pm
Where: Sandwell Green Park on The Parkway (across from Earl of March Secondary School) .

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ENTERTAINMENT
Emcees David Gourlay and Jenna Sudds

Crash the Clown
ProStyle Martial Arts
Kanata Chinese Seniors Dance
Kanata Chinese Seniors Music
Guitar Groovers
Celtic Cross
WEJ Guitar Club
Majic 100 Radio Van

ACTIVITIES
Petting Zoo

Bouncies
Adventure zone
Face painting
Science and crafts

INFOTAINMENT
City vehicles including police car,
ambulance and fire truck.
A wide variety of City and community organizations
Bring your bike to try the OC Transpo Rack n’ Roll

PICNIC SPONSORS

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Meetings at Ottawa City Hall July 6 to 10

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Planning Committee – Tuesday, July 7, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment – 538, 544, 560 Rideau Street and 501 Besserer Street
  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 22 Perkins Street
  • Zoning By-law Amendment – 2405 Mer Bleue Road and 2496 Tenth Line Road
  • Community Design Plan, Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment – Stittsville Main Street (Neil Avenue to Bell Street) – Various addresses
  • Cash-In-Lieu of Parkland Funds Policy Amendments
  • 2015-2018 Planning and Growth Management Department Workplan
  • Splash Pads, Skateboards Parks and other Park Amenities
  • Village of Richmond – Area Specific Sanitary Sewer Development Charge
  • Status update – Planning Committee inquiries and motions for the period ending June 26, 2015
  • Discussion – Bill 73 – Smart Growth for our Communities Act 2015
  • Request for Zoning By-Law Amendment to Enable a Broadcasting Studio as a Permitted Use at 1391 Wellington Street West

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Election Compliance Audit Committee – Friday, July 10, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room


Meetings at City Hall June 28 – July 3

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Monday, June 29, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
  • Ward Boundary Review – Information and Options (2015)
  • Institutions Designated as Eligible for a 2015 Annual Levy Pursuant to Section 323 (1), (2), (3) and (5) of the Municipal Act
  • Budget Consultation Process
  • 2014 Report on French Language Services
  • Integrated Street Furniture Program – Design Guidelines and Request for Proposals Strategy
  • Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Report
  • Declare Surplus and Transfer 788 March Road, 25 Khymer Court and 1045 Greenbank Road to Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation (OCLDC) for Future Disposal
  • Application for Approval to Expropriate Lands

Transportation Committee – Tuesday, June 30, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
  • Stay Safe, Stay Back Decals on City Vehicles
  • Highway Traffic Act Review – Impacts of Bill 31 on Road Safety in Ottawa
  • West Transitway Extension – At Grade Crossing at Moodie Drive
  • Speed Reduction on Blair Road
  • Snow Removal in School Drop-Off Zones – Motion

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Thursday, July 2, 10 a.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place,
101 Centrepointe Drive

  • 2015 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo
  • Commemorative Naming – Doug Rivington Park
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 4845 Bank Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 1121 Stagecoach Road and Part of 1000 Vista Barrett Private
  • Official Plan Amendment – 5341 Boundary Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1848 Upper Dwyer Hill Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1175 Manotick Station Road and 6247 Pebblewoods Drive
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 2864 Diamondview Road
  • Two Year Program to Offset Costs for Private Septic Systems Which Require Inspection Due to Source Water Protection Plans


Free transit all day on Canada Day

Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city, with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special holiday schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks.

Thousands of free Park & Ride spaces

  • Thousands of spaces will be available at 12 OC Transpo Park & Ride lots served by high-frequency Transitway routes 92, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99.
  • Many more spaces will be available courtesy of Billings Bridge, Carlingwood, Place d’Orléans and South Keys shopping centres, as well as Algonquin College, Carleton University and Canada Post (Heron/Riverside).

Leave early and arrive in time

  • Due to the large downtown crowds, plan to leave home by 7 p.m. to arrive in time for the fireworks.
  • Bus detours will be in effect downtown due to road closures.
  • Mackenzie King Bridge will be closed to pedestrians after 7 p.m., so passengers cannot be picked up or dropped off at that station in the evening.
  • After the fireworks downtown, buses will be available on Slater, Albert and Bank Streets.
  • New Route 91 will operate after the fireworks only, from downtown to Trim Station, providing a faster alternative route to Orléans. Route 91 does not stop at St-Laurent Station.
  • The last local buses will depart transit stations at around 11:30 p.m. or midnight.

Free shuttle between Ottawa and Gatineau

  • Buses operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the National Art Gallery and Jacques-Cartier Park.

Information on July 1

  • OC Transpo’s Sales and Information office in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • An OC Transpo information booth will be located at Confederation Square from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The O-Train Trillium Line will run throughout the day and all evening until midnight.

The following routes will not operate on July 1: 101, 120, 123, 137, 150, 151, 161, 162, 165, 173, 174, 178, 196, 203 and all peak-period routes.

The Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) will provide free service after 10 p.m. on July 1.

Customers are reminded to check their route for service changes that take effect this Sunday, June 28. Further transit information regarding holiday schedules is available by calling 613-741-4390 (open July 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and by visiting octranspo.com or octranspo.mobi.


CANADA DAY IN KANATA

Canada Day in KanataWednesday July 1, 2015
Walter Baker Park

The Glenview Homes Canada Day in Kanata Celebration is one of the largest community events in Ottawa. Crowds of over 30,000 gather at Walter Baker Park off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata to celebrate this significant community event. The best part, admission is free! The 2015 Program Guide is now available at www.canadadayinkanata.com. I will be attending and I will have a booth set up with free face painting for kids. I look forward to seeing you there.

NOTE:  There is NO public parking available on the site and the Canada Day in Kanata team is encouraging you to take public transit to the event.

Watch for my ad in the June 25th edition of the Kanata Kourier.


June 25: Mayor will be taking your call at Budget 2016 Tele-Town Hall

Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to call into a pre-budget Tele-Town Hall on Thursday, June 25. Residents will be able to ask questions and share their views before City staff begins developing the draft Budget 2016, which will tabled later this fall.

The Tele-Town Hall is part of a new approach to the City of Ottawa’s budget process.

In previous years, residents were consulted on the draft budget after it was tabled at Council. The public consultation provided input into the final budget.

Now, residents can get involved and provide their views and input before the draft budget is developed.

Event: Budget 2016 Tele-Town Hall
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 7 p.m., Telephone lines open at 6:45 p.m.
Toll-free telephone: 1-866-696-5910, use code 6653792.

Social media will offer another opportunity for residents to participate by allowing them to tweet their questions ahead of time using #ottbudget.

An audio recording of the Mayor’s Tele-Town Hall will be posted on ottawa.ca as soon as it is available.


Meetings at City Hall June 22 – 26

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, June 22, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Amendments to Board Policy on Acting Pay for Senior Executive Positions
  • Authorization to Act in Relation to the Board’s Court Security Responsibilities
  • Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
  • October 22, 2014 – Operational Review Briefing
  • Ottawa Police Service Initiative – Update
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – June 2015
  • Letters of Commendation

Francophone Caucus – Monday, June 22, 1:30 pm to 2:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Planning Committee –Tuesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Amendment or Modification to Development Charge By-Law – Village of Richmond
  • Application for Demolition and New Construction 220 Sandridge Road, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application for Demolition and New Construction at 285 Acacia Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 3718 Greenbank Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1314 Klondike Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 5786 Fernbank Road
  • Third Party Infrastructure Agreement for the Detailed Design, Tender and Construction of the 300 Millimetre Diameter Watermain Along Maple Grove Road
  • Designation of the Medical Arts Building, 180 Metcalfe Street Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment – 180 Metcalfe Street
  • Delegated Authority for Applications Under the Ontario Heritage Act
  • 2014 Planning and Growth Management Department Year-End Report
  • 2014 Annual Development Report
  • Mural on 569 Guy Street

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Information Technology Sub-Committee –Thursday, June 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
  • Making the location of public washrooms within public City facilities available to the community


West Ottawa Ladies Chorus is welcoming new voices

Sing for Yourself—Sing for the Community

Singing repertoire that includes a wide variety of music arranged for a traditional ladies choir sung in three and four part harmony can be fulfilling and rewarding. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) is a friendly, welcoming group of 40 women who love to sing and spend time together. Membership draws singers from Fitzroy Harbour to Kanata, Old Ottawa East to Barrhaven, Stittsville to Munster, and North Gower to Carleton Place. Under the leadership of talented director, Robert Dueck, they blend their voices to deliver a solid performance.  With a new season starting in September, there are a few openings available.

Rehearsals are offered twice a week—many members attend both but are asked to commit to one. Rehearsals are blocked in 10-12 weeks periods leading up to each performance—one at Christmas and one in the spring.  Learning MP3’s and music are provided with the expectation that rehearsals are just that, a time to fine tune the musical numbers.

WOLC was formed in 2012 and grew rapidly from 12 to 40. A few places are available for women with choral experience singing a designated vocal part (1st Soprano and/or 2nd Soprano, 1st Alto and/or 2nd Alto). Each member must have a basic understanding of music theory; basic to intermediate sight reading skills; straight tone singing or minimized vibrato; ability to match pitch and blend with other singers. WOLC strives for excellence—this is your opportunity to get involved. Check out the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus on Facebook and on Youtube. Interested? Email the music director at LadiesChorus@bell.net to arrange an audition.


Meetings at City Hall June 15 – 19

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Audit Committee – Monday, June 15, 9:30 a.m. Champlain Room

  • Office of the Auditor General – Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline
  • Fraud and Other Similar Irregularities Policy – Amendments

Planning Committee Workshop – Monday, June 15, 11:30 am to 3:30 p.m., Festival Plaza Control Room

Review of Planning and Growth Management Work Plan.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, June 15, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chair of the Board of Health Verbal Report
  • Medical Officer of Health Verbal Report
  • Ottawa Public Health’s Immunization Program: A Multi-Phased Immunization Strategy
  • Consultation Plan for a Proposed Personal Service Settings By-Law
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health’s Food Safety Program – “Ottawa Safe” Trial Project
  • Update: Ottawa Board of Health Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreement
  • Governance Update – Board of Health Code of Conduct
  • Attendance at the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) 2015 Annual Educational Conference Report

Environment Committee – Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Environmental Excellence Awards – 2015
  • Status Update – Environment Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 9, 2015
  • Semi-annual Performance Report to Council –  Q4 2014 and Q1 2015
  • Energy Management and Investment Strategy
  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
  • Financial Statements for In-House Solid Waste Collection – External Audit Results 2014
  • Residential Protective Plumbing Program – Administrative Amendments

Accessibility Advisory Committee –Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m., Festival Boardroom

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee – Tuesday, 16 June, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

Transit Commission – Wednesday, June 17, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Customer Safety – Incident Reporting and 2015 Information Campaign
  • Status Update – Transit Commission Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 5, 2015
  • Capital Adjustments and Closing of Projects – Transit City Tax and Rate Supported
  • 2015 Operating and Capital Budget Q1 – Transit Commission Status Report
  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities

Community and Protective Services Committee –Thursday, June 18, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) Update
  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 11, 2015
  • Commemorative Naming – Percy Taverner Park
  • Commemorative Naming – George Watson Gazebo
  • Commemorative Naming – Kemp Woodland
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council – Q4 2014 and Q1 2015
  • Proposed 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities
  • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation Mortgage Refinancing
  • Ten Year Housing and Homelessness Plan – Update
  • Submission on the Review of Ontario’s Long –Term Affordable Housing Strategy
  • Ottawa Fire Services 2014 Annual Report
  • Ottawa Fire Services 2015 Station Location Study
  • By-Law Review Strategy
  • Progress of the Sandy Hill Town and Gown Committee